Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MG Debut: Eddie Red Undercover by Marcia Wells

Marcia Wells has written a memorable debut middle grade mystery that I totally enjoyed reading.

First, the cover copy for Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile:

Sixth-grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, code name “Eddie Red,” has a photographic memory and a prodigious talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case, drawing Eddie deeper into New York’s famous Museum Mile and closer to a dangerous criminal group known as the Picasso Gang. Can Eddie help catch the thieves in time, or will his first big case be his last?
Laugh-out-loud humor, adventure, and friendship combine in this illustrated middle grade series debut, a must-read for any fan of puzzles, mystery, and art.

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780544238336
ISBN-10: 0544238338
Pages: 256
Publication Date: 04/01/2014
Carton Quantity: 24
Grade Level: 4,5,6,7
Age Range: 9,10,11,12

And yes, I did laugh out loud several times. Eddie has a great voice. He’s informal, self-confident but not in a cocky way, and funny. Combine his voice with a page-turning mystery sprinkled with some seriously strange adults and you’ve got a great read. And, I also loved the way the game of Chess plays into the story. I’ll stop now. No spoilers here.

And, the illustrations by Marcos Calo are top-notch.

 Copyright 2014 Marcos Calo

Eddie Red Undercover debuts on April 1st, but you can preorder it now right here.

Congrats to Marcia!!

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Thank you, Paul! And thank you Project Mayhem for this opportunity. Hooray for middle grade:)

  2. Looking forward to reading this once I get a copy!

  3. Congrats Marcia! Puzzles, mystery and set in New York, yep going on the TBR.

  4. This sounds like a super-fun book! Congratulations to Marcia--thanks for letting us know, Paul.


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